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Penny Riordan manages digital content partnerships for GateHouse Media. She works out of the Center for News and Design in Austin. Prior to joining the company, she worked at Patch.com for four years, where she led social media, blogging and UGC ...
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Penny Riordan manages digital content partnerships for GateHouse Media. She works out of the Center for News and Design in Austin. Prior to joining the company, she worked at Patch.com for four years, where she led social media, blogging and UGC efforts for the company. She also launched a Patch site in Maryland. Penny has also worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Maryland and Connecticut.
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It's tough to edit your own copy. If you don't have an editor nearby to check your work, here are some tips from MediaHelpingMedia.org on doing it solo:



-- Fool your brain -- change the color, size or font of the copy to help your eyes think they're reading something new. Or, print out your work for an edit rather than doing it on the screen on which you just typed it.



-- Read it out loud -- your ear may catch things your eyes did not.



-- Walk away from it -- if you can, even for just a few moments, walk away from the copy or complete another task, then come back to the story. Even a small break can give you fresher eyes.



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